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MOSCOW, March 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The State Duma, upper house of Russian parliament, will convene for an extraordinary session on Thursday, March 20, to ratify the re-unification treaty with Crimea, First Deputy Duma Speaker Ivan Melnikov said.
Under the law, after an interstate treaty has been signed, the president submits it to the Constitutional Court for verification and if the latter finds it flawless, it sends it to the parliament for ratification. The Constitutional Court earlier on Wednesday proclaimed the treaty being in conformity with the Constitution of the country,” Court Chairman Valery Zorkin said.
State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin believes that the president may submit the treaty to the lower house of parliament on Wednesday and promised that “State Duma deputies will ensure the speediest adoption of these two historic acts”.
The Federation Council, the upper house of parliament, has already decided to ratify the treaty at its unscheduled session on March 21.
The treaty applies upon signature and enters into force from the date of ratification.
Under the treaty, a transitional period will continue until January 1, 2015 to solve all issues pertaining to the integration of the new constituent members into the economic, financial, credit and legal systems of Russia, into its government system, as well as issues concerning military duty and military service in the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.